Oct 12, 2019

Trump: Giuliani investigation is a "one sided Witch Hunt"

President Trump. Photo: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

President Trump defended his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Twitter, saying the Ukraine investigation is a "one sided Witch Hunt."

"So now they are after the legendary "crime buster" and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani. He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer. Such a one sided Witch Hunt going on in USA. Deep State. Shameful!"
— President Trump on Twitter

Why it matters: Trump is choosing to maintain support for Giuliani as New York federal prosecutors have launched an investigation into the former New York City mayor for possibly breaking lobbying laws in his dealings with Ukraine.

  • Trump told reporters Friday he didn’t know whether Giuliani was still his personal attorney, reports the Washington Post.
  • Trump has previously asked other members of his Cabinet and inner circle to resign in the wake of scandal, such as former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta who left following scrutiny over his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case.

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Giuliani will not comply with subpoena deadline in Ukraine investigation

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President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told ABC News Tuesday that he will not comply with a subpoena from the House committees investigating Ukraine.

Context: The subpoena asked for documents related to allegations that Giuliani and members of the Trump administration, including the president himself, led a campaign to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden. Giuliani told ABC that "if they enforce [the subpoena], then we will see what happens," and that he is no longer retaining the services of an attorney who he hired at the beginning of this month.

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